Dazzling Diva #67

With the weather finally improving, spring is on my mind!  And this gorgeous inspirational picture for the Dazzling Diva challenge certainly fits the bill!

The first thing that caught my eye was the rusted watering can, then the tulips and then the gorgeous blue eggs.  And that’s where the inspiration photo took me:
I have to say, I love working with craft metal!  This time, I die cut it, embossed it and then colored it with my PITT artist big brush pens to give the illusion of a time worn patina.  I’ve also cut the watering can in a heavy black card stock and adhered it behind the metal watering can to give the illusion of a  shadow.  It was also popped it up on dimensional foam.
Did some “messy” water coloring of the tulips, added more watercolor to the background and then some splashes of the brown tint.  A simple stamped sentiment in black and for my water…sequins.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor paper, Gina K. black and Bazzill Marshmallow
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday and Avery Elle
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival and Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Garden Fresh die, Ecstasy Crafts embossing folder, PITT artist big brush pens, sequins and adhesives.

Here’s a link to the craft metal I used today:

Brushed Copper
Brushed Copper Metal Sheet

There are 16 glorious other colors to choose from!
The rest of the Divas and I would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge! Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.
Challenges entered:

SSS Pinterest challenge

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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies Day 2

My homework for day two of the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class:

This is not a CAS card by any means.  Lots of steps and lots of fun!  Kristina Werner showed us this amazing technique today with floral dies! And I couldn’t wait to play, but had something else in mind!

I’ve water colored paper with a Distress Ink and a few Brusho colors.  There are also die-cuts in craft metal, as well as the sentiment, which I’ve backed in black card stock to make it a bit more prominent.

And here’s a close-up that shows the gorgeous metal, the effect from the Brushos;  and the dimension achieved by this technique:

Seriously, if you haven’t taken any of these classes, this is a great one to start with!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Strathmore 140# watercolor
Stamps:  not a one!
Ink:  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti Cutaways, Winnie & Walter In a Word: Cheers Cutaways, Winnie & Walter The Party Confetti Cutaways, foam adhesive, Add a Little Dazzle craft metal in Lovely Lavender and the reverse side of the metal (silver), Brushos, Simon Says Stamp Balloon die

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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies Day 1

I’m taking yet another Online Card Class.  Cannot say enough about these classes;  I learn a lot each and every class. These ladies always have some new ideas, products, techniques to work with and it’s just plain fun!

Jennifer McGuire gave us some ideas on working with fun foam.  Yup, fun foam!  Something I haven’t played with before.

Our weather has been absolutely wonderful and spring is definitely in the air, hence the theme of my card today!

The sun has been sponged with some Distress Inks,  The bluebird and sentiment have been die-cut from fun foam.  The bird was colored the Copics and then for a little sparkle some Wink of Stella marker.  My usual smattering of sequins and done!

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Echo Park Dots and Stripes
Ink:  Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey Distress Inks
Stamps:  not a one 🙂
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, white fun foam, circle die for creating the mask to sponge, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and Seasons cutaways, PTI bird die, Copic marker, adhesives, Simon Says Stamp sequins

Challenges entered:
Happy Little Stampers March challenge:  sponging

Addicted to CAS:  green

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  things that fly

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

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